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Staffers personally select the titles that line the shelves of a Real Bookstore's 20,000-square-foot facility. Each tome is carefully culled from a stock of new arrivals, featured debuts, and signed copies from guest writers. Author visits commence in the cozy event area, where the wordsmiths entertain attendees with presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and book signings where they increase their work's value without dipping the pages in gold. At Fierce Words & Stiff Drinks events, authors interact less formally with readers over wine, artisan beers, and cocktails inspired by their books.

Youngsters enjoy their own events in the 2,000-square-foot children's section. Tuesday- and Wednesday-morning story times enthrall preschoolers with tales, crafts, and snacks, and Friday-night PajamaRama story hours invite kids for a bedtime version of the same. The store’s Collage Bakery and Bar further caters to families with menu items made in-house, and adults can enjoy glasses of beer or wine at seating areas inside or outside the store.

113 Prairie Rd
Fairview,
TX
US

One might assume that 40 acres of meadowland in Parker, Texas, carries a certain tranquility and peacefulness. That is, unless, that chunk of land has been transformed into a gigantic battleground for paintball wars. Fort Paintball has done just that, divvying up its real estate into nine fields, highlighted by 5- and 10-man Lego fields and a Big Game field. On the expansive fields, competitors duck behind oil barrels and massive spools, dodging shots and acorns launched by squirrels who want to get in on the action. Players can either strap on their own gear or utilize rental packages that include guns, rounds, and masks.

4404 Dillehay Drive
Allen,
TX
US

Four times a month, the fashionistas at Shop Jane replenish store racks with a flood of floral-print tops, dresses, and jeans. When seeking out the latest trends, they favor youthful, playful styles: skinny-jean pockets sport rhinestone embellishments, for instance, and tops come with flirty flourishes such as cut-out backs and crochet trim. Additionally, shoppers can accessorize ensembles with playful charms, sparkly belts, and fedoras stuffed with well-dressed rabbits.

157 Town Place
Fairview,
TX
US

Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.

Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified personal trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.

970 Garden Park Drive
Allen,
TX
US

Golden oils and ruby-colored vinegars in more than 50 varieties gleam from glass amphorae along the walls of Oil & Vinegar, an international enterprise that boasts locations in 10 different countries and 15 U.S. states. At patrons' request, knowledgeable staff members draw artisanal oils and vinegars from amphora taps and provide cooking tips to guests. Guests can return to Oil & Vinegar to refill their emptied glass bottles with oils or rich balsamic vinegars or peruse a selection of epicurean goodies such as gourmet pastas and herbs.

Watters Creek at Montgomery Park
Allen,
TX
US

Toys Unique! is a local, family owned business, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, that has been bringing joy into children's lives for almost 30 years. We have a passion for the toy industry and love traveling the country finding the latest, most exciting toys.

102 Fountain Ct
McKinney,
TX
US